Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. He was a central figure of the 20th century during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. He was an advocate of travel and promoted tourism, as he believed Americans should get the chance to view all different areas of the country and the beauty and unity of the United States.
He observed, "the more you travel, the more you realize that the whole world is one neighborhood."
Here are some other inspirational thoughts from "Quotable Franklin" compiled by Chandler Roosevelt Lindsley, his grandson.
- "We are poor indeed if this Nation cannot afford to lift from every recess of American life the dread fear of the unemployed that they are not needed in the world."
- "A selfish victory is always destined to be an ultimate defeat."
- "...the youth of today are our sole investment in tomorrow."
- "Inequality may linger in the world of material things, but great music, great literature, great art and the wonders of science are, and should be, open to all."
- "Religious intolerance, social intolerance, and political intolerance have no place in our American life."
- The motto of war is: "Let the strong survive; let the weak die." The motto of peace is: "Let the strong help the weak to survive."
- "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."
- "...keep your ideals high, keep both feet on the ground and keep everlastingly at it."
- "The value of truth and sincerity is always stronger than the value of lies and cynicism."
- "The American people have a good habit - the habit of going right ahead and accomplishing the impossible."
Planning a visit to his lifelong home in Hyde Park? See www.nps.gov/hofr (National Park Service, FDR's Home) or www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu (National Archives, our nation's first Presidential Library & Museum). The National Park Service also maintains FDR's retreat, Top Cottage; the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Val-Kill and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, all open to visitors.